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Skinshape

    Originally released in 2014 and available for the first time on CD. CD only bonus tracks ‘Surf Rider’ and ‘Rainy Dub’ Written, recorded, mixed and produced by Will Dorey, Skinshape’s self-titled debut album showcases the talents of the then 23 year old. Recorded in bedrooms, lounges and ‘The Arch’ studio in North London the trademark ‘Skinshape’ sound was already starting to emerge. Everything from psychedelia and rock to indie and dub is explored. A stunning debut for a now much loved artist.

    TRACK LISTING

    1 Live By The Day
    2 The Place Upstream
    3 Heartache
    4 Shangri-La
    5 Sunday Morning (feat. Aaron Taylor)
    6 You Don’t Love Me
    7 Stabo (feat. Anina)
    8 Bonus Breaks
    9 Rainy Dub (CD Only Bonus Track)
    10 Surf Rider (CD Only Bonus Track)

    Skinshape

    I Didn’t Know (Extended) / I Didn’t Know (Dub)

      With over 15000,000 (yes, fifteen million!) plays on YouTube and over 2,000,000 on Spotify we thought it was only fair that Skinshape’s most popular song was released on glorious vinyl. The track is already on the ‘Filoxiny’ album so Skinshape extended the mix and backed it with a dub version for the flip. Skinshape is the project of British musician William Dorey. The sound has roots in many genres but in particular 1960s Funk, Soul, Reggae, Psychedelic Rock, Afrobeat and Folk.

      Aside from the Skinshape project Dorey was bassist for the band Palace from 2014-2017 and also runs a reggae label called Horus Records based in North London. About I Didn’t Know from Dorey himself: “This is the most 'pop' song I've possibly ever made, and possibly the most 'modern' sounding. It is about being in a difficult relationship and not knowing how to deal with it and making mistakes as a result. I wrote and recorded most of the song around the drum pattern, and created some (terrible sounding) digital orchestral parts temporarily whilst I created the body of the song. I recorded the strings and horns in the last part of the recording process before doing the final mixes. The horns were recorded separately with the help of my long-time friend (since school) and master arranger Jon Moody (of the group Franc Moody).”

      The many monikered, multifaceted genre smasher Leron Thomas, nowadays better known as Bill Callahan-sounding outsidere MC Pan Amsterdam, switches into his OG jazz mode with the scattershot mastery of 'More Elevator Music'. Taking the first three tracks as a sample of the wanton eclecticism of the LP, Leron opens with a meditative modern jazz piece, then fuzzes out with Iggy Pop for a avant jazz punk snarler, before aping naive house on the electronic oddball "People Are Watching". Wildly creative and insanely catchy tackle from this perennial boundary pusher.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A:

      1. Conference Room
      2. In The City (Feat. Iggy Pop)
      3. People Are Watching
      4. IFeel
      5. Fox Wit
      6. Audacious Pigeons

      Side B

      1. Veins
      2. IDo
      3.. Blind
      4. Endicott
      5. Corporate
      6. Field Trip

      Skinshape

      Umoja

        Fifth studio album featuring Malcolm Catto, D'Alma, Idd Aziz and Modou Touré. Includes the singles Sua Alma, In The End and Afande. His most accomplished album to date Will Dorey aka Skinshape moved out of his comfort zone to create a new sound while retaining his trademark feel. While Skinshape has often been influenced by African music ‘Umoja’ directly incorporates styles and rhythms from the continent. Drawing on London’s vast talent pool from across the globe collaborators bring the essence of Senegal, Portugal, Ghana and Kenya via Norway no name but a few.

        The initial plan was to travel to various African nations to record ‘Umoja’. This proved to be an unnecessary step because Skinshape's hometown of London ended up bearing many fruits. It was a challenging project for Dorey taking a year and a half of dedicated work to complete with many ideas left unfinished along the way. The album has a very global feel which was enhanced at the end of the process by a collaboration with Japanese painter Ken-ichi Omura. Fans of Skinshape’s distinctive voice will not be disappointed as he features on ‘In The End’ and ‘Sun’. Long-time friend and collaborator Jon Moody (from the band Franc Moody) wrote the album’s horn parts. 

        TRACK LISTING

        Side 1
        1 Sua Alma (feat. D'Alma)
        2 In The End
        3 Afande (feat. Idd Aziz)
        4 Kourou (feat. Modou Touré)
        5 Azon De Ma Gnin..

        Side 2
        6 Amigos E Inimigos (feat. D'Alma)
        7 Sunny Day
        8 Sudan (feat. Idd Aziz)
        9 Dourlé (feat. Modou Touré)
        10 Lehin Ti Aye Ba Iku

        Edan

        Beauty And The Beat

          While Edan’s critically acclaimed debut, Primitive Plus, was a celebration of Hip-hop’s golden age and a true throwback, his sophomore album, Beauty And The Beat, is a vast musical collage that contains many different influences; Hip-hop, rock, pop, dusty breaks, hazy loops, luxurious off-kilter samples and curveball tempo changes that are all crafted into one cohesive piece of art. In 2015, FACT placed it at number 30 on the ""100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time"" list. In 2013 NME placed it at number 392 on the ""500 Greatest Albums of All Time"" list. “A goofy psychedelic gem. It’s like ‘The Grey Album’ in technicolour” – Vice // “Edan has a seemingly bottomless musical curiosity… he unites old school hip-hop’s aesthetics with a previous generation’s sense of grooviness” - The Washington Post // “Impossibly ambitious, as psychedelic as Mythos, as unrelenting as the Ultramagnetic MCs, Edan is a master in possession of his own style. One of the best and most original records to come out this decade” - XLR8R // “A full tab of b-boy psychedelia… a creative quantum leap forward” – XXL // “With an awe-inspiring imagination in tow, Edan drops his own magical mystery tour” – URB // “Nothing is fucking with Edan right now. Beauty and the Beat is the best hip-hop I’ve heard in a long time” - Mass Appeal 

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Polite Meeting (Intro)
          A2. Funky Voltron (feat. Insight)
          A3. I See Colours
          A4. Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme
          A5. Murder Mystery
          A6. Torture Chamber (feat. Percee-P & Dubb)

          B1. Making Planets (feat. Mr. Lif)
          B2. Time Outt (Segue)
          B3. Rock And Roll (feat. Dagha)
          B4. Beauty
          B5. The Science Of Two (feat. Insight)
          B6. Smile
          B7. Promised Land

          A soul and jazz spreading of wings, with the help of scene headliners Nubya Garcia, Theon Cross and Henry Wu. ‘Home Cooking’ is the new, mature sound of DJ Yoda. Maximising the experience and enjoyment gained from recording live instruments and prioritising songs over beats for his previous two albums ‘Breakfast of Champions’ and ‘Chop Suey’, this is a big step for the cut-and-paster as a producer, having wowed the world over for over two decades with his celebrated turntable tomfoolery. Recorded between his own studio and the world famous Abbey Road, ‘Home Cooking’ keeps one foot in the hip-hop old school with collaborations with the returning Jungle Brothers (the party-starting ‘Afrika’) and Boston bastion Edo. G (a peaceful route from London to ‘Roxbury’), and spreads to a melodic vibe scoring chilled Sunday mornings.

          “I titled this one ‘Home Cooking’ because the music is so close to my heart, in terms of what I grew up on, and what really speaks to me on a personal level”. Imbued with the spirit of Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz’, the output of Acid Jazz and 90s vitals from the Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, Yoda admits that it's a happy accident that, whilst drawing on jazzy, soulful hip-hop from 25 years ago, the sound of ‘Home Cooking’ is very much of-the-moment. With British jazz currently in the rudest of health, vigorously championed by Gilles Peterson and with the likes of Sons of Kemet receiving Mercury Prize recognition to show such an upsurge has not gone unnoticed, Yoda lines up some of the best musicians the scene has to offer.

          Sons of Kemet member and tuba sharp shooter Theon Cross, fast-rising saxophonist and boundary breaker Nubya Garcia, and award-winning jazz alchemist Henry Wu on keys, put ‘Home Cooking’ in the safest, most nimble of hands. “I feel so lucky to have been able to work with musicians of this calibre”. Add in the vocals of Brit-soul legend and MBE Omar, BBC Introducing star/“the UK's answer to Frank Ocean" Joel Culpepper, (‘London Fields’, played as a live six-piece session for BBC Radio London) and big gun for hire Eva Lazarus (a prominent feature on Swindle’s ‘No More Normal’, an album that runs parallel to ‘Home Cooking’), and the timing of Yoda’s sound expansion, plotted across London and beyond, has been impeccable. “It’s just lucky that right now is such a great moment for UK jazz, and that coinciding with me making this album - it certainly wasn’t by design. I didn’t set out to necessarily make something with such a strong jazz and soul influence, but at one point I took a step back and listened to everything I’d made, and it had accidentally, or subconsciously, turned out like that”. 

          TRACK LISTING

          1. London Fields
          2. Thornton Heath
          3. Rising Brook
          4. Gospel Oak (CD Only Track)
          5. Kingswood
          6. Abbey Road
          7. Roxbury
          8. Soweto
          9. Hither Green
          10. Afrika
          11. Croxley Green
          12. Eastville
          13. Boundary Gardens

          Skinshape

          Filoxiny

            Skinshape is the project of British musician, William Dorey. The sound has roots in many genres, but in particular 1960s-70s Funk, Soul, Reggae, Psychedelic Rock, Afrobeat and Folk. Skinshape grew out of a love for old music and the way it sounded. Initially Dorey experimented with samples (especially drum breaks) to create instrumental hip-hop/trip-hop tracks, but then later started to play around with tape machines as a means to create his own 'samples'. This process gave birth to Skinshape, with all elements being recorded by Dorey since the first self-titled album, released in 2014. He released his second album Oracolo in 2015, and in 2017 he released his third album 'Life & Love.' Aside from the Skinshape project, Dorey was bassist for the band Palace from 2014-2017, and also runs a reggae label called Horus Records, based in North London. 

            TRACK LISTING

            1. After Midnight
            2. I Didn't Know
            3. Metanoia
            4. Shimmer 
            5. Breathe
            6. Life As One
            7. We Lose
            8. Filoxiny


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